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Book shares pain of losing a child and struggle of black fathers
Monday, July 15, 2019
DURHAM – Surviving the loss of a child is not easy, to say the least. Neither is surviving as a black man in this country. In his book, “Color Him Father,” Lawrence Drake II shares the loss of his daughter and extends a lifeline to back men trying to survive the day-to-day struggle of their lives. Shouldering the grief and pain of the
Architect known for designing African American museum dies
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
RALEIGH — Architect Phil Freelon, who designed buildings ranging from local libraries to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, died Tuesday. Freelon, 66, had suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease for several years. He died in Durham about a week after he had quit consuming food or liquids, his neurologist
Raleigh residents ‘disappointed’ in gentrification panel
Monday, July 1, 2019
RALEIGH – Marisa Grant stood and said what many others were thinking; whispering about, in fact. Several people made a point to tell her so Thursday as they filed out of the A.J. Fletcher Theater that had filled with folks ready to have the 90-minute conversation about gentrification promised by the City of Raleigh’s “Connect Raleigh:
Durham residents want affordable housing at old police headquarters
Monday, July 1, 2019
DURHAM – Standing in front of the old police headquarters on West Chapel Hill Street, residents implored city officials to use the site for affordable housing. They asked city leaders to help make downtown “socially, culturally, and economically diverse.” Members of more than 30 churches, community organizations, and neighborhoods
Builders Blitz adds 2 new Durham homeowners
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
DURHAM – In only seven days, Durham gained two new houses and homeowners thanks to the annual Habitat for Humanity Builders Blitz event. From June 14-21, BuildSense and Durham Building Company (DBC) partnered with Durham Habitat and worked day and night throughout the week to build two affordable homes on previously empty lots. The Builders Blitz
Durham launches jobs program for justice-involved residents
Sunday, June 23, 2019
DURHAM – It can be tough to find a good job with a livable wage. Now, imagine trying to find steady work if you have a criminal record. The task can be daunting and disheartening. The City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development has partnered with the Durham Innovation Team (I-Team) to address this issue through the launch of its new

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Upcycled Exhibit

Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Exhibit runs through


Vigil for Jamie Daniels

Time: 5 p.m. Vigil for Jamie Daniels at the


Upcycled Exhibit

Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Exhibit runs through

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Bowie State, VUU ranked in poll

Defending CIAA champion Bowie State is ranked No. 25 in the 2019 College Football America

Being black and Republican in the Trump era

It’s likely that identifying as a Republican today isn’t as easy as it once was,

Fewer families accessing WIC benefits

Fewer women and children in North Carolina are taking part in the Special Supplemental Nutrition